Weekend Reflections, Windmills, Our World Tuesday, The Netherlands
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These photos were taken in Kinderdijk, near the windmills.The
name Kinderdijk is Dutch for "Child's Dike". In 1421 during the Saint
Elizabeth flood of 1421, the Grote Hollandse Waard flooded, but the
Alblasserwaard polder remained dry. It is said that when the terrible
storm had subsided, someone went on to the dike between these two areas,
to see what could be saved. He saw in the distance a wooden cradle
floating. There was no hope that anything would be alive in it, but when
the cradle came nearer, someone saw that a cat was in the cradle
trying to keep it in balance by jumping back and forth so that no water
could come into it. When the cradle eventually came near the dike,
someone took it out and saw that a baby was sleeping in it undisturbed
and dry. In some of the stories the cat kept it balanced and afloat.
This folktale and legend has been published as "The Cat and the Cradle"